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Not Counting Sins Against Them

March 10, 2014

Greetings,

“When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”  ”Where, O death, is your victory?  Where, O death, is your sting?”  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God!  He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm.  Let nothing move you.  Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”  1 Corinthians 15: 54-58

So death has been swallowed up in victory.  Amazing!  In Christ we are no longer held in bondage to the laws of sin and death.  This is about total victory in Christ for every single person with no exceptions.

 In Christ the law of sowing and reaping or what some call karma is no longer in full effect.  At least not in the big picture pertaining to salvation.  Sure in the small picture of day to day life in Him, He uses sowing and reaping to teach us and build character in us.  However, grace and total reconciliation will eventually totally obliterate karma.  This message is clear in 2nd Corinthians 5: 19, where it states that God reconciles the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.  Plus on top of that God has made us Christ’s ambassadors and committed to us this message of grace and reconciliation.  

That means instead of us reaching out an arm to point out and judge sin in others; we should open wide our arms and accept everyone right where they are, and for who they are right now in this very moment.  Jesus did this for us while we were still sinners, so we should do the same for others with a glad and sincere heart.  Far too often “Christians” have required sinners to clean up their act before they would even offer Jesus and Christ’s love to them.

If we are truly operating in His grace and reconciliation we will love and accept everyone no matter what baggage or filth they may carry with them.  If we welcome them open and free they will then receive Jesus and He will help them get free and clean in His perfect timing.  We should NEVER require someone to get clean first in order to eventually bathe in Christ.  Love, acceptance, grace and forgiveness is what it is all about.  If we build relationships on that foundation everyone would have more hope and a whole lot more people would discover Christ.  After all, Christ in us is the hope of glory.  If we give people the love, grace, and reconciliation that Jesus freely offers, it would change everything for everyone.  Today I choose grace over judgment.  Who is going to join me?

Love and……

Kirk Out !

P.s.  Yes, this blog post is from the sites archives.  I have been re-posting some other older blogs too.  The past three days The Lord has had me pondering the passages I used in this post and instead of writing a new post He led me to just share this one again.  I feel this is a very important message both for the Church and those yet to know Him.

 

 

 

 

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7 Comments
  1. Matt McMinn permalink

    So many “Christians” today seem to point out the sins of others. None of us are perfect and it seems more and more that a good Christian just wipes his sins under the rug to deal with it later and to hide from others. In God’s eyes no sin is greater then the other and once one has confessed and ask Christ into their life they are with Christ and above no other.

    • "BK" permalink

      Hi, Matt. I have two questions…honest ones. I didn’t understand your sentence about what good Christians do, unless you meant it tongue in cheek? The other is I wondered how you see
      Rom 5:10? It appears to me this reconciilation to God didn’t require my cooperation, but He just did it while I was still His enemy. ??? Thanks for your patience with me, “BK”

      • Trying this again…..BK, please forgive for not being a English major in any way. I’ll try to show my views.
        The term I used “Good Christian” was used like the term “Dr Jekyll Mr Christian” from a song some 20 yrs ago. So many times I’d see a church member not practicing what he preached. Sure they would be an example of what was thought to be a true servant. Early for services welcoming people into church and being a voice of what a traditional church should be. Then it was like a switch snapped on Monday. Where those without the money and means we’re beneath him/her. That is not at all how we are to live. My family lived across the street from a middle aged man that had a rough life and invited him to church several times. He finally decided to go. Very few people would acknowledge he was even there, but rumors did travel about him being an alcoholic which he admittedly was. Some of these good Christian people would noticeably walk another way. The guy was made even mare angered at any church. With that and the fact that they let people know it was an ” upper middle class church” I knew it was not a place of service for me. My grandfather was a minister for almost 40 yrs and never turned a shoulder to anyone. In fact he would invite them for lunch. That’s the attitude and belief I have. No one is over another person.

      • As far as Romans 5:10 , I guess I look at it this way. Yes by His command God sent His Son as a way for us to enter into eternal life with Him. As John 3:17 says ” not to condemn the world” . He did this without our permission or us asking, but out of His unconditional love. The ultimate sacrifice any father could make, to give one of his children to save millions more. It is still up to us to follow up and accept His invitation and ask for forgiveness. This point has been made a few times because it is important. This made it a easy start but yet the Christian life is not an easy one. I am not really one that should teach the Bible it is so hard to completely understand and I am not someone that does well with books.

  2. Yep, sin don’t count no more!!
    ‘Receive’ Jesus or wake up to the reality Jesus has always been there?

  3. bill permalink

    I’m reminded of a line from the song, “Come Ye Sinners” ….’if you tarry till you’re better, you will never come(to Jesus) at all.’ Yep, it’s sad when folks within(the ekklesia) judge those outside. That’s God’s job. 1Cor5:13

  4. "BK" permalink

    Matt, thanks a million for taking time to clarify for me. You don’t have to be an English major for me, that’s for sure! I’m just not always the best at getting what someone is saying the first time around, but I’ll always ask! That’s why dialogue is so important. I totally agree with the “Dr Jekyl/Mr Chrisitan analogy. So sad, so true. I’m not convinced about the having to ask forgiveness and accept the great sacrifice our Lord made to reconcile us to the Father but again, I appreciate your thoughts and will mull them over some more. Thanks again, “BK”

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